Jeter Delivers Pinstripe Perfection In Bronx Career Finale
Sports can be such a polarizing thing. We build up mortal men into immortal legends. When they stumble and err we pile on and tear down the same people we built up. It’s the nature of the beast which now has a 24/7/365 social media driven news cycle fueling the constant state of hype. In the midst of all that you get a rarity amongst the chaos. In the media capital of the world one man performed on the biggest stage and excelled in the largest moments for 20 years flawlessly. Derek Jeter is what we all hope our favorite people would/could be. Last night in his final game at Yankee Stadium “The Captain” reminded us again why that is and did so in story book fashion.
Samurai Q & A – How Important Are Professional Quality Pictures For Business
First off I want to thank the people who reached out after my open call with questions about social media, blogging and other related topics so they can improve their digital position. You can still submit questions within the form at the bottom of this post.
This is the first of what I hope will be many informative posts. Hit the jump and let’s get started with this week’s question.
Source Magazine Brings The 1st Annual #SOURCE360 to Brooklyn
This past weekend The Source aimed to connect with a new generation of Hip Hop enthusiasts by bringing a well rounded representation of the culture to the people. Comprised of discussion panels, open street dance parties, markets, fashion shows and performances, #Source360 was a weekend celebration and educational event that plans to become a major fixture in the fabric of Hip Hop in New York .
The 3 day event offered up an array of speakers from various areas of Hip Hop and Urban culture. Business minds, media personalities and artists of all types gathered to speak on topics like Blogging, Pop Culture, Reality TV, Police relations and International influence. Throughout the course of the weekend #Source360 ran an Unsigned Hype showcase for a number of up and coming talents
A number of venues hosted events this weekend to spotlight underground artists. Giving the center stage to the ladies, BAM cafe hosted a night that blended the classic with the new as Nitty Scott MC treated the people to a few joints before giving up the stage to the legendary Roxanne Shante. She wasted no time reminding folk that she still has it and delivered a few words of support as well.
The climax of the performances was the massive Saturday night concert at the Barclays Center featuring Bone Thugs n’ Harmony, Dip Set, Lil Kim and the Wu Tang Clan as the head liners. It was a 90’s era celebration of classic tracks.
You include a gigantic sneaker summit, fashion show, lounge and networking social via #HerSource and you have more Hip Hop enjoyment in one place than one can fully enjoy. For it’s initial run, #Source360 is going to be a highly anticipated event for years to come.
Folk know I’m always up for some Cognac but this past week I was invited to a special event via Remy Martin. The #HeartofCognac provided an educational, hands on event that really schooled you on cognac and the Remy Martin brand specifically.
Social Media Samurai Free Question Consultation Offer
I can confidently say I get social media questions everyday. Since I offer legit consultation for a fee I have to strike a balance between being hospitable while not just giving away too much info for free. It’s a business. With that said, I don’t like turning people away empty handed so here’s a little opportunity to get a jump start on what ever social media issues you are dealing with, even if full consultation is not in your budget.
Below is a simple form that will allow you to submit a single question for me to answer. I will publicly address your question in it’s own respective post on this site. I’ll give you a heads up before the post goes live so you don’t miss.
Walgreens Helps Battle Seasonal Flu and More With Get a Shot, Give a Shot Campaign
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetAShot #CollectiveBias
The days are getting cooler and that chill is returning to the evening air. Just like that the final days of summer are here and as we prepare for the fall season we also have the return of the seasonal flu to deal with. With the national state of health care changing for so many people it’s a relief to have a dependable, efficient immunization option. As adults we run around so much and often forget the need to really take care of ourselves or we don’t want to deal with the red tape and hassle of health care plans . Many people have opted out of having them or don’t wish to pay whats being offered. Fortunately Walgreens does offer another way.
The Walgreens pharmacy and medical center has an easy walk in scheduling system. It can even be set up online for those of us really on the move. The vaccinations are offered for adolescents, adults and seniors. Seasonal Flu has been known to take a toll on older citizens so don’t over look the value of this.
In addition to maintaining your own personal health, Walgreens has linked up with the UN Foundation’s Shot @Life as part of the #GetaShot Give a Shot campaign. It’s self explanatory as Walgreens does it’s part in producing life saving medical care to children lacking access to these vaccinations. In many nations the morality rate is greatly effected by illnesses in children that can be easily prevented if the vaccines were available. #CollectiveBias wants to raise awareness of that and from now until October 13th the Get a Shot Give a Shot program is matching your immunizations at Walgreens with a donated shot for Polio or Measles for those that need it most. It’s a win/win deal that has already helped hundreds of thousands of people.
It’s a harsh reality that so many families have to deal with death that can readily be avoided if not for a lack of resources. To personally be able to get medical care you would normally get and additionally have that could go towards saving others is an incredible thing. Please get familiar with the Get a Shot Give a Shot program and share this ongoing campaign with your friends and family, Thanks!!
Modell’s Helps Salute The Captain Derek Jeter’s Final Yankee Season
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In the city that never sleeps its easy for time to fly by and you don’t even notice everything that is happening around you. People come and go and everything keeps on moving but within the hustle of the Big Apple there is some thing that has proven to be a constant in quality and dependability. The Captain, Derek Jeter, the shortstop of the New York Yankees has given just under 2 decades of world class excellence on and off the field in the legendary pinstripes. As his final season approaches it’s end, the good people at Modell’s are doing their part to help Jeter fans show their support to Mr November.
The Yankees and Modell’s have a lot in common. The biggest thing is the legacy of excellence they both have within their fields. Both organizations have over 110 yrs under their respective belts so the concept of appreciation over time is second nature to both the Yankees and Modells. NY sports are a part of the city’s life blood. I can remember so many Yankee memories of post season magic and while many faces rotated around him, Jeter has always been there as the spark through it all. I just had to take a moment to rep for the greatest Bronx Bomber of my era by heading over to my new local Modell’s and picking up a “Thank You” piece for #2. The staff was eager to help as they ushered me over the Yankees dedicated area. I saw a number of shirts and the classic Yankee pinstripe home uniform with the commemorative Jeter logo on the sleeve.
Jeter has always been about the team first so its interesting to see so much Yankees material tailored to him. It’s a fitting tribute to the man that gave it all while never chasing the limelight that so many others do anything for. In the midst of controversy and scandal that at times has touched other Yankee players, Jeter managed to stay above the nonsense in the media capital of America for 18 successful years. The records, awards and championships only tell a portion of the story of what Jeter has meant to New York. #CollectiveBias has always stood in support of the sports franchises of NY and none rival the Pinstripes. Salute to the captain and “Thank You.”
I love seeing the reach and evolution of my culture. My family is from the West Indies island of Antigua. I was born and raised in NY. Hip Hop and Caribbean elements run through the life blood of everything. As such I respect folk that embrace, support and treat those elements with respect. That brings me to Ms My-My who holds it down as a Jane of all urban trades. Writing, hosting, dancing and modeling are just some of her roles. We were just recently enjoying the festivities of Hennypalooza in Brooklyn and I got to chop it up a bit with her about her background, goals and influences. Check out part 1 of our conversation.
Music Publicist • Hip Hop Journalist • Poet • Model • Host • Freelancer • Filipina
What’s good My My! To start, please give a lil intro of who you are, where area you from and what you do.
Maria Myraine is my government (legit two first names) but most call me My-My (pronounced MY-MY NOT Mi-Mi). I was born & raised in the outskirts of Cebu City on the Philippine island of Cebu. I moved to America when I was 4. Grew up in CT where my older brother introduced me to Hip Hop culture at a young age. If it wasn’t for him introducing me to the culture, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do today. After years of blogging as a Hip Hop fan, I now handle publicity for indie Hip Hop artists as well as write for various Hip Hop websites, along with my own. I also started hosting podcast shows, online radio shows, Hip Hop showcases/events and parties. Just expanding my personal brand after Graduating from St. John’s University with a degree in Communications, I also freelance in the fields of social media and advertising/marketing. A lot of people tell me I’m trying to do too much but honestly, after surviving a near-fatal car accident in 2004, nothing is impossible for me. God is good, sky’s the limit.
Why you definitely put a lot of your plate. Tell us more about your introduction to Hip Hop & Caribbean culture. What was the appeal?
I owe a lot to my big brother. He’s the coolest mofo I know, seriously. He introduced me to both cultures as a young buck. He got into the Hip Hop culture as a b-boy in a break dance crew, battle rapper and visual artist. We used to share a room as kids so I was constantly surrounded by all of that. I still remember the day he played me Wu Tang, Fugees, Beastie Boys & Nas in the same day. That’s when I probably “fell in love with Hip Hop.” As for the Caribbean culture, again, my brother was also big on Dancehall and like Hip hop, i picked up on it. In both cases, I just loved how the vibe I got from each.
I’m curious what was the reaction of the people in your social circles regarding your appeal to what folk essentially consider black based culture? Was it all love or did people not initially accept you?
I’ve had a mixed reaction throughout the years. Those who really know me understand my upbringing and my appreciation for “urban culture” since I was a kid. And of course, there are those who aren’t as accepting of a Filipino who embraces the culture. “What do you know about Hip Hop?” is usually the question that gets thrown in my face. They obviously don’t know anything about Hip Hop and how widely accepted it has become since its emergence. Especially in Asia, Hip Hop is bigger overseas than it is in America. It’s just something I’ve grown to ignore. I just gotta keep doing what I love. There’s no racial boundaries to that.
That’s so true. The purity of Hip Hop truly does exist more so internationally then it does domestically these days. Keeping along the lines of acceptance, what has your family’s reaction to your career path been?
It’s an ongoing battle. It has its good days, it has its bad days (lol). My dad is still pretty old school and traditional (like most Filipino parents) and he doesn’t really understand the path I chose considering I earned my college degree. For him, he thinks a 9-5 with my degree is the road to “success.” My mom, on the other hand, understands me a little more. She always tells me “do what makes you happy as long as you can take care of yourself and us when we’re older.”
Working in Hip Hop music you get to see more of the behind the scenes, moving parts of the business. Give your feelings and views on working within the independent music place vs. dealing in the mainstream?
As a listener/fan, I appreciate both levels. On the business side of things, however, I definitely prefer working on the indie side more. More freedom. Simply put.
So what have been some of your career highlights thus far?
Working with Clear Soul Forces. Those fellas are a talented bunch and I’m happy to have been a part of their growth as artists. Another highlight would have to be doing a publicity campaign for Ski Beatz and his “24 Hour Karate School presents Twilight” album. And I think being able to network, link, help and make new bonds with such talented indie artists is a never-ending highlight in this career.
Speaking of highlights you’ve recently put out a lot of interview material, and you host a few online shows. Tell us about those platforms.
I conduct interviews for the various websites I write for, as well as for my own website – which will be launching soon (www.MariaMyraine.com). As far as hosting goes, I used to host on DTF Radio. Currently hosting a podcast series title, R&B(S) which will premiere soon on YoYouHeard Radio and my website. I also host various events in the city (showcases, open mics, and parties usually).
You’re also a very creative person too. You’ve put out samples of poetry, music and you have modeling imagery all over your IG. Do you want to pursue all these expressive paths? What do these various acts mean to you?
Yes. On top of starting a one-stop-shop for indies, I would like to market myself as a brand as well. I do not want to limit my skills (and income). Like I said, after surviving that car accident.. the sky is the limit.
Stay tuned because we dive a little more into Ms Myraine’s personal life when I share part 2 of our conversation soon.
My Moral Issue With Outsourcing As An Entrepreneur
Looking to grow and improve in my business I try to read when I can. It’s great to pick up ideas, concepts and ideas from other professionals who have reached heights I’m trying to get to. The various books I’ve read talk a lot about automation and cutting back on things that tie you to a sole location. That leads to the topic of outsourcing. For those that don’t know, outsourcing in this situation is having certain duties within a business moved out of the country and handled by cheaper foreign labor. This is common practice within many industries for dial in customer service departments, tech support and more. The idea is to cut or at least reduce costs on labor and office space. From a purely bottom line business stand point this move makes plenty of sense. It frees you up to move around with office restrictions and is much less to pay the foreign workers but is it right?
Many of my peers speak about the desire to not only escape the 9 to 5 format of business but to also not be like the cold heartless corporations that so many of us deal with. It’s often said that the goal is to make a living doing what you love and truly enjoy. To reach that goal you have to work from the bottom up. You have to pay dues and grow. That often means doing lower level work that could hypothetically be done by others. So, once you get to the point of having your own business do you use your position to put on people you know and help them come up or do you outsource to save money? I personally don’t think there is a single right answer.
If level of productivity is equal and it’s simply about cost what would you do? Would you send that role(s) overseas to cut costs or keep the position domestic to pay it forward?
Entrepreneurs Don’t Let Dollars Define Their Professional Worth or Limit Opportunity
Summer is moving farther and farther into the rear view mirror and as I line up my plans and goals for the upcoming Fall season I want to share some of what I’ve discussed with other entrepreneurs in my circle who are building indie businesses and trending away from the classic work model. I mentioned earlier this year about my journey of transitioning from the standard 9 to 5 work frame to a more location independent free-flowing set up. The process is still under way and the financial shifts are still a sensitive area. Yet in the midst of that I’ve managed to negotiate more domestictravelthis season then at any point in my life. Just yesterday my friend asked how did you do it? So let me tell you how.
It’s a 2 part action plan. It’s a give and take in a way. We are often trained to think travel just like any other service has a monetary value and that the only way to enjoy that service is to pay. Payment is just another way to exchange value. That is how you need to look at more of your transactions. How can I provide enough value to validate getting what I want. Businesses and brands have more leeway for compromise then we think. Often times its simply a matter of asking for it.
Presenting a history of social media content creation, growing reach and my role within the global travel collective Nomadness creates a position ripe for discussion of what I can do for others. Megabus.com has been a joy to work with especially as I’ve already been a happy user of the service for years. That same make up is what has led to me getting access to a number of events, festivals and conventions to continue creating and sharing info across the Internets. Stop for a moment and lets look at just how much $$ I’ve saved employing this method. Here’s an example. In June I covered the Toronto based festival NXNE with all access.
By aligning myself with Megabus.com, covering the NXNE event for media and staying with family or friends I saved nearly $1000 on this one trip. That is how I look at my goals and how I break them down. What can I provide them to make this more manageable for me? While having a cash flow still in flux for the up and down nature of my work this is a major skill to comfortable utilizing. Look at what you want and see if it aligns directly with what you do and try to make that first connection. It may not send you anywhere at first. Maybe it’s a partnership with a local business or another entrepreneur? What ever it is it’s a start but understand that it can be done, so create your plan of attack and execute!